As the investigation into the murder of LSU student Allie Rice continues, Baton Rouge police say misinformation is hindering their progress.
According to Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul, rumors and misinformation are also hurting Allie’s family.
Rice was found shot to death in her car on Government Street last week. Police believe she was waiting for the train on her way home after a night out with friends.
Unfortunately, the police have little to no information about Rice’s murder, nor do they have a motive.
During a news conference Thursday focused on recent violent crimes in the city of Baton Rouge, authorities said outside noise from “rumors” and “misinformation” was disrupting their “investigative efforts.”
The family suffers. They suffer and mourn. I ask you to respect that. Spreading misinformation harms the family and calls into question the integrity of our officers. This is hampering our investigative efforts to find the person or persons responsible for this crime
Discussing a rumor that an alleged eyewitness to Rice’s murder tried to contact police and has yet to receive a call back, Lt. Kevin Heinz that this is “absolutely wrong”.
Heinz told reporters he was “deeply offended” that anyone would suggest his team ignored a witness, calling the allegations “a vile rumor.”
Other misinformation floating around on social media was also debunked by police, including claims that Rice was trying to buy drugs or that her killing was part of some kind of gang initiation.
We have no indication that this is the case. If we had any indication that this was the case, we would release it for public safety. But as of this writing (based on) everything we’re seeing, I can confidently say that’s not the case.
Meanwhile, a fundraiser for Rice, organized by her former employers at The Shed BBQ in Burbank near LSU, raised reward funds for any information that would lead to her killer’s arrest. So far, the fundraiser has surpassed the original goal of $10,000 and is currently closer to four times that amount.
As of late Thursday afternoon (September 22), the total was approximately $37,500.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867
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